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at the gas pump. prices plunging, heading for $3 a gallon, so how low will they go? and "buckwild." why a senator from west virginia is demanding that mtv pull the plug on a new reality show being described as "jersey shore" meets "honey boo boo." i'm trying to imagine the pitch meeting where someone said "jersey shore" meets honey boo boo. and the executive said, sold. >> i have an idea for a great show. we have a lot of stories to cover this morning. good morning, everyone, at home. this is what we have been talking about. take a look at this. seems like an ordinary restaurant check. what is that on top? the words "fat girls" printed on the bill. and if that wasn't bad enough, wait until you find out the reaction when the women who got the check complained to the manager. gives new meaning to the customer always being right.
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not in this case. >> they weren't in the mood to give a big tip after that one. also, this is sunday, football sunday, but for the second week in a row the nfl is dealing with disaster. coming up, what caused the fatal crash involving the dallas cowboys player? also new footage raising new questions about the murder/suicide last week involving kansas city chiefs player jovan belcher. and talk about a fish story -- switching gears -- a fisherman in california tells his tale after landing an enormous 459-pound tuna with a rod and reel. it could be a record catch. >> that story coming up. but we're going to start this morning, the life or death mission in afghanistan to snap a american doctor out of the clutches of the taliban. this rescue operation was given the green light because the military really worried that taliban might kill this doctor. abc's mohammad lila is here this morning with new details and it was a risky mission. >> absolutely, dan. as you say, this was a life and
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death rescue overnight. take a look at this doctor, dr. dilip joseph, seen here in afghanistan, he was working at a remote medical clinic, ran by morning star development, when he and two his afghan colleagues were kidnapped on wednesday. the afghans were quickly released, but the doctor was kept in captivity. but last night, coalition forces made their move, making the decision to go in and rescue dr. joseph after learning his life was in imminent danger. now, u.s. official tells abc news that it appears that the militants were preparing to take joseph to neighboring pakistan. that's why general john allen, the top commander in afghanistan ordered the raid himself saying quote, today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the taliban. dan, we didn't hear about this kidnapping when it happened on wednesday, because coalition officials were so worried about
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his safety that we were working to keep all of this under wraps. when you talk about the military in afghanistan, we sometimes forget that there are thousands of civilians in afghanistan, working as trainers, instructors, or in this case, as a doctor, this doctor was working in a remote base, trying to set up remote medical facilities. because he was doing training there. because he wasn't part of the military, oftentimes the civilians go there and they really put their lives literally on the front line because they just don't have the support and the firepower that the american military does. >> it is extraordinary dangerous work, mohammad lila, thanks for joining us. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> bianna, over to you. we're going to go now to a royal sighting. just two days after kate middleton was released from the hospital, prince william made a splashy public appearance. last night. meanwhile, the family of the nurse who apparently took her
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life after being fooled by a radio prank is speaking out. jeffrey kofman is in london with the latest. good morning, jeffery. >> reporter: this is now a police investigation. a postmortem examination is to be held this week. an inquest begins tomorrow. while the duke and duchess of cambridge struggle to balance the excitement of being new parents with the apparent suicide of the nurse. prince william went solo last night at a charity ball. his first public function since his wife's pregnancy was announced. the conversation he quipped about kate's illness, "i don't know why they call it morning sickness. they should call it all day and all night sickness." he did not talk about the tragic death and apparent suicide of the nurse who fell for the hoax call. but he and kate have issued a statement of sympathy for the family. saldanha came to england from india nine years ago with her husband and her two children.
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on facebook, her daughter wrote this weekend simply -- i miss you, i love you. saldanha worked as a nurse at king edward vii hospital for four years. her family lives in bristol. while on shift, she slept in a residence for nurses. with no receptionist on duty overnight, she answered the prank call and put it through. >> hello, there. could i speak to my granddaughter kate? >> yes, just hold on. >> reporter: the humiliation apparently drove her to suicide. for kate it's another test of her new life as a very public royal. in september, a photographer photographed her topless on a private vacation. >> while she understood what she was taking on, i think that there have been a couple of things that will have made them go, oh, my goodness, you know, we didn't necessarily think that
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it was going to be this bad this day and age. >> reporter: it's sounding uncomfortably like the life of her late mother in law, princess diana, who was hounded by the media. we have just learned that william has canceled a public appearance tonight. kate is understandably lying low, she had been schedule to appear at the london premiere at "the hobbit" this wednesday. that will depend on her medical condition. dan? >> thank you, jeffrey. this morning, the two australian deejays are basically in hiding. but there really is no hiding from the global tsunami of outrage headed in their direction, and now, new questions about whether they may have actually broken the law here. our coverage continues this morning with cecilia vega who's in sydney, australia. cecilia? >> reporter: boy, you know the word "tragedy" is on just every front page in sydney and so are the faces of those two deejays. they haven't spoken publicly since this joke went so wrong.
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it's not just the mounting headlines. >> we have got another huge, huge show tonight. >> reporter: the two australian deejays whose radio prank took a tragic turn, soon may have to face australian police. new questions this morning about whether they illegally recorded a conversation pretending to be the queen. they got through to the london hospital room where kate was being treated for severe morning sickness. >> hello there, could i please speak to kate, my granddaughter? their station boss says no laws were broken. >> we're very confident that we haven't done anything illegal. >> when is a good time to come and visit her, because i'm the queen? >> reporter: mel grieg and michael christian are in a fragile emotional state. since the nurse that answered their phoney phone call was found dead. the pair is now seeking the help of counselors. the deejays are in hiding. their facebook and twitter accounts are now dark.
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online the criticism goes on. even from the likes of kelly osbourne who tweeted, they should be put in prison. but on the streets of sydney, australians we met seem more forgiving. some people are saying that they should be held criminally responsible or that they should be fired, any of those? >> no. >> no, i think it was only meant as a joke. we have a dry sense of humor. they're just taking it too far. >> i feel bad. >> reporter: well, the deejays are expected to reach out to the nurse's family. a spokesperson for the radio station said we'll likely be hearing a public statement this week. >> so interesting to hear the public retlax as opposed to the rest of the world. >> cecilia, thank you. lot more shoes to drop on this story. we'll continue to cover it here
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on "good morning america." meanwhile, lot of news developing overnight. for that, we turn to john muller. who's in for ron claiborne. good morning, everyone. for the second time in as many weeks the nfl is mourning the loss of one of its players. the dallas cowboys josh brent will be in court this morning. he flipped his car early saturday morning that killed a teammate. we're hearing from brent for the first time this morning. abc's clayton sandell has the story. >> reporter: police say that dallas cowboys player josh brent was speeding down this road, just after 2:00 a.m., when his mercedes crashed, flipped and caught fire. in the passenger seat, his teammate, jerry brown. >> when our officers arrived on scene, mr. brent was removing -- or dragging mr. brown from the vehicle. >> brent was given and failed field sobriety tests. brown was rushed to a hospital where he died. >> once the officers learned that brown had passed away then mr. price-brent was under arrest for intoxication manslaughter. >> on behalf of josh, a
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tremendous loss to him. this was like losing a little brother. >> reporter: it's not the first time that brent has been charged with drinking and driving. he was arrested in college and sentenced to 60 days behind bars. from his jail cell overnight he released a statement. saying, i will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. it's been a tragic week for the nfl. last saturday, kansas city chiefs jovan belcher murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself. leaving behind his infant daughter. but newly released footage shows just hours earlier, police talked to belcher found passed out in his car. >> how are you doing tonight, man? >> reporter: belcher had been drinking. but since he wasn't driving, the police cut him a break. >> have a good one. with no way of knowing what he was about to do. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. crisis in egypt showing no signs of easing this morning despite a major concession by the president morsi. he said that he will give up
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some of those powers that he recently grabbed. the country will go ahead with a new vote. opposition groups are calling for more protests, saying he did not go far enough. venezuelan president hugo chavez said that he has cancer and it's returned. he'll head to cuba for a third surgery. for the first time he has named a successor, if he can no longer lead that country. he picked his vice president. and the college football phenom known as johnny football has earned a new nickname. johnny heisman. texas a&m quarterback johnny manziel, becoming the first of ever college freshman to ever win the prestigious award. that happened last night. his speech moving his parents to tears. >> i just want to thank you for the encouragement, the love and the patience over the years. grandpa, it's all the times we used to play in the hallway, i love you with all my heart and you inspired me to play football, and to grandma, i'm sorry for all of the things that we broke in the house. >> i know that feeling. he was the first freshman to
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throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000. finally, police in texas trying to arrest a man for a second time after he escaped from a cruiser. take a look at this video. the suspect still in handcuffs. manages to open the back door of the car. he sneaks up front. tiptoeing all the way. the back door was still active. allowing him to roll it down and reach out and unlock that door. got to love that one. they got the car not too far away. and they say they know who he is. they'll get him sooner or later. little embarrassed there. >> i'm surprised they released that video. john, thank you very much. good news for holiday shopping, gas prices are dropping. night not help the guy who just stole the police car. dropping quite dramatically as a matter of fact. why are prices going down and how far? abc's john schriffen is in new york city with some answers. john, good morning. >> reporter: dan, good morning. experts say one of the reasons prices are going down, because after issues earlier this year
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refineries are back up and running at normal capacity on the east and west coast. with plenty of gas to go around, we'll actually see prices keep falling. drivers can play a game of driver limbo. see how low these prices will go. this weekend, as drivers pull up to the pump and check out the price of gas, they're noticing a welcome trend. >> they're lowering it. it's amazing. >> reporter: just how great has it been? take a look. a month ago, the average was $3.50. last week, it dropped to $3.40. and now, it's down, again, nearly 14 cents from the average a month ago. >> aaa's prediction is that, by christmas, we should have prices between $3.20 and $3.40. >> i'm thrilled. i mean, i have to buy gas no matter what, the fact that it costs a little bit less with christmas coming up. >> reporter: so, what's causing the sudden drop? experts say that prices typically do come down this time of year, but other factors are bringing them closer to the near
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$3 mark. >> hurricane sandy hit in a major population portion in the united states. with that hurricane moving through, we saw people driving a whole lot less. >> reporter: with plenty of gas going around, and not much demand, we the consumer have the upper hand. many are taking the opportunity to fill up and enjoy while it lasts. so, where can you find the cheapest gas? according to gasbuddy.com, the honor goes to missouri at nearly $3. but the good news for everyone around the country, experts predict we'll see these prices stay down at least until february. dan and bianna. >> good tips and some good news finally. john, thank you. we're 23 days and counting until the nation falls off the fiscal cliff. president obama and house speaker boehner are going mano e mano in negotiations. >> let's bring in george stephanopoulos.
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george, i'm going to ask this question until this thing is over. >> we had another week of massive trash-talking, are we closer or further away from getting a deal? >> it's hard to know. but they're not really talking right now. that's what's most incredible. you pointed out that there were speeches all week long. symbolic votes in the senate. lot of brinksmanship. lot of ads on television. less than an hour of actual negotiating. one phone call between john boehner, house peeker and the president. democrats say they're not going to move until the republicans say they're going to be for higher tax rates on the wealthy. and then say what they want in return. in terms of spending cuts for those higher tax rates. the republicans say they aren't going to come forward until the democrats say more about how they want to cut spending. right now, we're stuck. now, it could be the well that is getting poisoned right now,
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as positions are going to harden but with all of these negotiations they sometimes look most dire before they break. here is the other complication. the debt limit, president obama also said that he's not going to negotiate at all over the debt limit. i don't see how you can get that resolved by december 31st. >> now, could the republicans give in on the tax rates on the rich in this country if they do want to use the debt limit as leverage? >> they could. lot of republicans have said, listen, they know taxes are going to go up, but they want to know how far the president is willing to go in cutting spending, especially that entitlement spending, even social security, before they sign on to the higher rates. you got these guys circling each other before coming together. >> gut check, though. if i'm sitting at home and i'm not following politics closely, it looks like the usual
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gamesmanship out of washington. in your gut, do you think that this is basically theater and they'll come to a deal quickly? >> i think it's -- i think the odds are about 50/50 right now. which is very high for a negative outcome this far along. there is a very good chance they go over the cliff at least for a few days at the beginning of the year. then, that galvanizes everything and they're finally able to come to a deal. >> bottom line they are playing with fire and we could all get burned. >> no question about it. >> especially when you see the economy just recovering. >> that's the thing. the question would be, how much harm will this do to the economy? if you have all of these spending cuts on every government program, on top of everyone's taxes going up, i should say, once you see that prospect of everyone's taxes going up, i do think that no matter what, by mid-january at the latest, you will see that tax cut reinstated for most americans. for the bottom 98%.
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good, good chances the taxes are going up on the wealthy. >> psychologically, it's causing damage. confidence drop as well because of what's going on in washington. george, thank you. >> thanks for cheering us up, george. we appreciate it. today on the show, we got a big show, george has two powerhouse roundtables. later this morning on "this week." time now for a check of the weather with ginger. >> most the nation is snow-starved. starting yesterday, overnight, into this morning, we're getting our first big meal of snow that is. you can look at some of the places that we have here. from montana to colorado, all of the way to northern illinois, it's snowing in some sports. sacred heart, minnesota, picked up over 4s, 4.5. houron, south dakota, 6.5. because the snow is coming down hard, look at it in fargo. it's coming down an inch an hour. you know those totals are going to change and change quickly. and look who's enjoying it.
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not only parts from minnesota to wisconsin, iowa, there, in briar cliff the kids saying, all right, it's time. they're enjoying sledding this weekend. one more very snowy driveway. some work for i'm sure some dads. let's get right there to the snowstorm. how much more can we expect? well, anywhere from 8 to 12 inches right along that deep purple area. minneapolis will pick up 4 to 8 inches on top of it. remember, this is not just snow, it's really gusty winds. that's why you have blizzard warnings. aberdeen is included in there. even in minneapolis, you can see some blowing snow. roadways may be troubling today. i want to give you a heads-up just in case you're planning and then there's that cold, this cold stretches down to new mexico. denver, only 19 this morning. north platt, 15. we also have severe storms because it's mild out east. remember, memphis, heavy rains, some gusty winds up to 60 miles an hour.
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small hail possible. that's the big picture. >> with all this new snow, i got >> with all this new snow, i got a lot of nice, snowy pictures. yesterday, michigan got a shot of about 1 to 3 inches. my hometown of rockford, michigan, michelle is the wife of my best friend's little brother. >> wow. that's beautiful. >> isn't that pretty? that's where we ride our bikes. the sunrise in north carolina. beautiful there, from chuck there, you see the clouds just leaving. they'll have another mild day today.
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close to high record temps. for north carolina today and tomorrow too. >> a little walk down memory lane with ginger zee this morning. thank you, ginger. also this morning, an update of a big story that we told you yesterday. big is a fair description of this one. more now on the fisherman who caught what may be a record yellow fin tuna off the coast of san diego. take a look at this beast. >> that's right, the gigantic fish weighed 459 pounds and he landed it with rod and reel. maybe the biggest yellowfin tuna ever caught. he fought the fish for two hours and was stunned by his catch. >> i thought at first it was a shark. i was shocked. i was holding back. i couldn't believe it. >> the previous record of 427 pounds was set earlier this year. lot of big fish floating around there. coming up on "good morning
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america" this morning -- why did a waiter hand a group of women a check with the words "fat girls" on it. wait until you hear the restaurant's response when confronted. reality show rage. find out why a senator from west virginia wants mtv to scrape its reality tv show described as "jersey shore" meets honey boo boo. and baby pictures. nfl star quarterback tom brady talking about his brand-new baby with his wife, supermodel gisele bundchen, it's a girl and we got the first pictures right after this break this break. break. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. our commitment has never been stronger.
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♪ and we're coming to your ♪ and we're coming to your city ♪ call it redneck reality. with the "jersey shore" about to go off the air, mtv desperately needs a new hit, and this, right here, is what they're banking on an appalachian-based reality show called "buckwild." this morning, we'll talk to a u.s. senator who's on the warpath, who's trying to get this show killed before it airs. ginger over there writing it down, when does this show air? >> dvr that. but this senator is outraged.
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he says it threatens the dignity of his state. we'll get to that story in a moment. also coming up, they may be the most beautiful family in america, the brady bunch, three-time super bowl winner and now three-time dad, tom brady talks about the tricky life of balancing football and family. while married to supermodel gisele bundchen. take a look at these two guys, one of them is a marine, they're on an amusement park ride. >> hey, can you give me like a countdown? >> okay, he asked for a countdown. we're freezing the action. because what happens next is ridiculously hilarious. wait until you hear and see the reaction of the guy on the left a marine, it's all coming up in the weekly pageant of absurdity we call "fixation." >> i watched that multiple times and i still crack up. >> i can't wait to see it again. but we begin with an outrageous restaurant bill. not because of the charge but what was printed on it.
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two words "fat girls." the three women handed the check were understandably hurt and outraged. when they complained to the manager his reaction only made matters worse. mark greenblatt has that story. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. one of the woman here involved seems emotionally scarred still, it began with a fun outing with friends but ended with a kind of bill that no one would want to pay. rule number one with casinos, the house is always supposed to win. but the cameo club casino/restaurant in stockton, california, left three women taken in an unusually large way. >> i got the bill and i looked at the bill and i was like why does it say "fat girls"? i looked over and said, ho, heck no. >> reporter: sure enough. a bartender named jeff typed in fat girls to keep track of the bill for their table. when they asked the manager for an explanation. >> he tried not to laugh.
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>> reporter: it went from bad to worse when the restaurant still wanted them to pay the bill. with just 25% discount, they declined the manager's next offer, too. >> well, he said, i can do 50%. we were just like, are you serious? >> in a facebook message overnight, the owner maggie lewis apologized saying -- insulting a customer is intolerable in our establishment. as for jeff, he's now looking for a new job. >> he was busy last night. but that's just no excuse. >> reporter: he didn't work that night, but he's trying to clean up the mess. >> i want to tell them that we're sincerely sorry for that. we'll do everything in our power to make sure this never happens to anyone again. >> reporter: but this is the sort of thing that will sting for a while. >> it's not funny. i can just see it over and over again. >> and in the end, the casino and restaurant decided to raise their offer and comp the entire bill. dan and bianna, that is not the way they had in mind of beating
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the house. >> i can't believe it took them that long to come to that conclusion. >> it's really something. >> you can see how upset about it they are. >> they're still scarred. other news developing overnight, let's go back to john muller in for ron claiborne this sunday morning. good morning, everyone. u.s. forces in afghanistan led a dramatic raid overnight rescuing this american doctor being held by the taliban. he was kidnapped wednesday. but the military was worried he might be killed. nelson mandela is said to be comfortable and looking well, this morning, the 94-year-old former president of south africa was admitted to the hospital on saturday for what were called routine medical checks for someone his age. john mcafee has been granted a stay of deportation to beliez. he'll remain in guatemala until his case is heard in court. which maybe more than a month. finally a piece of hollywood history going up for auction the piano, from the iconic scene from "casablanca."
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hits the movie block on the 70th nervous of its release. it's expected to fetch more than $1 million. dan and bianna, i think that might look nice in your apartment, what do you think? >> yeah. >> i'm sticking with the ipad keyboard. that's what i got room with in my apartment. let's check in with ginger zee. hi, ginger. >> john, good morning, everybody. the next big question is, okay, you're watching the snow in the western great lakes, the northern plains, is it going to come to the east coast? i've had a lot of those questions. it goes into parts of eastern canada. the cold front trails along and brings us along the east coast more rain. it will get colder behind that front. but, no, no snow from the mid-atlantic to the southern northeast. let's move on. we'll show you who's going to continue to see snow and bitter cold, look at the numbers here, fargo is going to stay in the teens. right around 10 today. these are high, high temperatures. minneapolis goes from 35 down into teens tomorrow. tomorrow, it's going to be very cold, around 12 for a high. chicago, hovers around the
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freezing mark. then, denver here, will eventually get back up close to 50. by the time you reach your tuesday. mild in the southeast. but not so much there in the northern plains. that's the big picture. let's >> twe >> this weather report has been brought to you by planet fitness. dan and bianna. >> ginger, thank you. some good news to report to you. he's a super bowl winning quarterback with a supermodel wife. now tom brady has a new edition to his picture-perfect family. >> gisele bundchen gave birth to the couple's second child on wednesday, brady's third and then posted this first picture on friday. brady is getting ready for monday night's showdown between the new england patriots and the houston texans, however he did slow down long enough to talk about balancing the game and his
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family. >> i love coming to work every day. also being at home and giving those boys my attention and my affection and my discipline and being a good parent is so important. i grew up in a house with three sisters. i think it's great for my boys to have a girl in the house. just understand at least a little bit what makes a woman tick. you know, she's a beautiful little girl. >> that's great to see. >> congratulations to them. >> watch the patriots take on the texans tomorrow night on our sister network espn, on monday night football. coming up here on our broadcast -- new show. new location. same bad behavior. mtv's new reality show based in west virginia, why one of the state senators is on the warpath now to shut this thing down. >> i would raert be back in afghanistan. >> no, you wouldn't. hey, can you give me like a countdown? >> also ahead, ready or not,
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okay, ready for some educational television? faced with the imminent demise of show "jersey shore," mtv is
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turning to west virginia for a new show that's already making people very angry just like "jersey shore" did at the beginning. >> ginger can't wait to watch this new show. it's called "buckwild." one senator is demanding they pull the plug. abc's david kerley who covers politics for us, normally, is covering sort of a different politics story this morning. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning. i have known senator joe manchin from west virginia for several years now and i have never seen joe manchin quite so angry. it's the latest mtv series creating waves. >> it's "buckwild." >> reporter: they call it "buckwild," but other calls it appalachian "jersey shore." not surprising since this new series of west virginia friends is the replacement for snooki and the rest of the gang from "jersey shore." they got more than their 15
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minutes of fame. >> we're going to play a game called, what's your jersey score, okay? governor of new jersey? >> chris christie. >> chris christie. >> reporter: but this time, it's trucks. trysts. and tantrums. great tv? >> this is the white trash, redneck "jersey shore." >> reporter: not according to the critics. >> what i saw in the promo reel was an orgy of young people with utter and complete lack of any concern for their future. i was astonished. >> reporter: and it's not even the critics shooting the strongest criticism. joe manchin the re-elected senator of west virginia. >> i understand they took five, six different takes to get them act outrageously. to get it really sensational. >> reporter: he's steaming. >> what i saw is not what i see in everyday life in west virginia. >> reporter: manchin is so angry he fired off a letter to mtv defending the dignity of his
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state, calling for changes, something that chris christie tried in new jersey. >> "jersey shore," positive for new jersey or negative? >> negative for new jersey. >> reporter: mtv nothing but support for "buckwild." >> these kids from grown up in the hills of west virginia. they live life loud and proud and we follow that adventure. >> reporter: shame says the senator from west virginia. >> is this what we're trying to promote for the sake of the almighty dollar? for the sake of tv ratings? is this what you want to say that we should be looking up to? you want your children to be watching this at night? >> reporter: mtv hasn't commented on the letter from senator joe manchin. but so much the heat might be coming off west virginia. there's a report that mtv has another show in the works following young people in washington heights, that's a neighborhood in upper manhattan, so maybe the senator's going to be joined by michael bloomberg in opposing some of these mtv shows.
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>> who would want to be in that press conference? >> americans really do love reality tv. >> they do. interesting to see how many politicians mtv can anger. david kerley, thank you very much for your reporting this morning. coming up on "good morning america" -- what happened when this little girl sat on santa's lap. it had a lot of people around here tearing up. we'll show you after this quick break in "fixation." ♪ you're my obsession this quick break in "fixation." citi price. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind.
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♪ you're my oessi ♪ you're my obsession all right, it's "fixation" where we pull out the most important stories from the internet and bring them to you. ginger? >> yeah, i was flipping out when i saw this. >> really? >> i just made a pun. >> oh. >> oh. >> really? >> there you go, flipping. >> stick to the forecast, ginger. >> all right. he does this all the time.
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he's been in the circus for years. he's not a gymnast. he just wants us to know what he does. >> that's pretty cool. >> there are so many different variations if you want to see more. >> the music makes it more interesting, too, i like it. okay, so, here's the story, it brought a tear to my eye. we have seen these story of children sitting on santa's lap. their parents, their fathers are serving in war, in iraq or afghanistan. meet this 5-year-old from wisconsin. santa asked, what do you want? >> daddy to come home. >> there he is. she wanted daddy to come home early. he actually came home early. he's been in afghanistan since february. adorable, yes. >> that's really, really nice. >> best gift ever. >> how are you? >> beautiful. >> absolutely great. >> john? ever fall asleep in a college class? >> yes. >> economics for me. you have, dan? >> many times.
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>> check this one out. the professor goes up to a guy who's sleeping and gives him a snore. watch what he does. what happened? is that the weirdest thing? i guess he just knew that everyone was staring at him. there he goes. that was his reaction getting woken up during class. it's a physics class. proving that an object that rests tends to remain at rest. >> very well done. speaking of reactions, this is definitely the best reaction of the morning. a pair of guys on a roller-coaster ride. check this out. >> hey, can you give me like a countdown? >> countdown before you go? [ screaming ] >> ah! [ laughter ] >> i haven't heard someone scream like that since the four
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of us drove nascar cars. everyone drove well and i drove like a grandmother. that's pretty much my reaction in the car. that is really the best thing that i have seen this morning. and we'll be right back with more "good morning america" after this quick break. his morning. and we'll be right back with more "good morning america" after this quick break. one day george got an important letter... he's built a rocket ship to travel into space. it's just the right size for a clever monkey. do you want to go into space, george? you will have to be very brave. hi, grandma! oh hi,. my little monkey! here. thank you very much. you're welcome. everyone got on and they were off to the launching site. google, how far is earth to the moon? moon is 238,900 miles... the great moment had come...
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good morning, and welcome to "this week." with 23 days to go, stalemate. >> i want to send a very clear message. i will not play that game. >> the president digs in. the speaker battles back. >> the president is just on my way or the highway, that's not the way to get to an agreement. >> is a deal still possible on the fiscal cliff? does either side have a viable fallback? what will this brinksmanship